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Anyone who conforms to the ideals of his particular society is a hero If I was a beautiful busty blond who loved puppies and saved people from imminent death in todays society I would generally be considered a hero Huck is a modern hero and although he wasnt an ideal person in his particular environment the reader finds him to be near his or her own moral ideal so the reader recognizes Huck as a hero Odysseus is a classical hero for he conforms to the very different social standards of ancient Greece but since modern society shares so many ideals with Greek culture the modern reader can still appreciate him as a heroic figure The classical hero and the modern hero are near opposite but both are often identified as heroes in todays society even though the stories themselves are quite similar Since the cultures were so varied the heroes were too The entire epic of the Odyssey was based upon the need for Odysseus to gain hubris the Greek social ideal and Odysseus himself was brave fought external conflicts and restored order Huck rejected community values for the greater moral good The modern hero being an underdog of sorts he needed to battle internal conflicts face less monsters and more people The stories as far as plot go were very alike as far as use of water and traveling adventures In both the hero wandered from place to place by a water vehicle in both that water vehicle was destroyed at some point in both the hero restores some order to the place he goes with the classical example it is external with the modern internal While Odysseus battles monsters Huck battles his own inner conflict The Greek myth was so simplistic a monster represented everything that may have been an inner conflict while modern struggles are openly inner As Odysseus battled the Cyclops and conquered it even with a
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